As an ongoing NCAA investigation continues at The University of Southern Miss, the university has now imposed a ban on postseason play for the 2014-2015 season. The university has informed both Conference USA and the NCAA of it’s ban of the season. In November, the NCAA began their investigation at the University of Southern Miss campus located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi involving the “Prop 48” players. Those recruits were academically ineligible but were enrolled in classes and living in off campus apartments. The focus of the investigation is seeking how the players receive the funds to pay for tuition and rent.
At the time of the violations, coach Donnie Tyndall was the head coach of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles, as of today he is the currently the head coach of the Tennessee Vols. Coach Tyndall has said little to nothing during the investigation and is keeping silent since the ban. In a statement, the Director of Athletics Bill McGillis says, “I am saddened and extremely disappointing for the members of our men’s basketball team, who will not be able to participate in the postseason this year, as well as for our new coaching staff and fans. This self-imposed penalty was a painful, but necessary, decision based on information gathered during the review process and available to the university at this time.”
This is very disappointing to myself and founder, Dawn Montgomery-Greene as we are both from Hattiesburg, Mississippi. What I am shocked to know is that Southern Miss has not won a basketball game since the beginning of December against North Dakota State. 9 games in a row and their next game is on the road against Rice. This alarms me and also has me thinking of maybe a tank of the season before the ban was announced to the public today. I am sure the NCAA will come down on Southern Miss by taking away scholarships but who will punish former Head Coach Donnie Tyndall. I am sure this is a big let down in my hometown knowing their Golden Eagles will not be playing in any postseason events.